When CUNA Chief of Staff Richard McBride retires at the end of the year, his duties will be divided between longtime CUNA executives John Magill and Susan Newton.
Magill will be promoted to executive vice president for government relations and special assistant to the president. He has been senior vice president for legislative affairs since 2006. Before that he worked on Capitol Hill for 30 years; his final position was as chief of staff to Rep. Wally Herger (R-Ca.).
Newton will be promoted to executive vice president for system relations. She has been senior vice president for league relations since 2006. Before that she was an executive of the Texas Credit Union League.
The job changes, which will take effect in September while McBride aids in the transition, represent the first major personnel shifts by CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney since he succeeded Dan Mica in July 2010.
Under the new structure, the association’s top seven executives will all report directly to Cheney.
“The changes I am putting in place will create a flatter, more-responsive organizational structure that will enrich communications within the organization,” Cheney said in a statement. “The result will further enhance our efficiency and effectiveness.”
McBride, who has been at CUNA for 15 years, had been a top aide to Mica when Mica was a Florida congressman.